Tag Archive | science software

Icy: More Excellent free Microscopy software !

ICY is some great free software that goes extends beyond image J and provides some more advanced tools and a nicer GUI.

There are also a heap of cool plugins available including a new one called Active cell, which makes it quick and easy to outline a cell in either 2D or 3D !  There is also a nice review of this plugin here.


Quartzy – New Free Lab Management Tool

With the (soon to be) death of LabLife, there was no other “FREE” online tool for managing a lab. Thankfully Quartzy has now filled that void.

I have not had a great amount of time yet to test it out, but it does look promising.

My only hope is that it does not go the way of LabLife, get bought out and turned into a (expensive) paid service, just after I spent months setting my lab up on the service.

At the moment that is the only downside that I can see to these online tools. The uncertain future does create anxiety, and its this anxiety that requires these services to be free.

Lab’s are run on shoe string budgets, where every cent counts and time is the most expensive commodity. Investing months/years into an online tool only for it to disappear can cause major issues for the survival of a lab. Asking us to also pay significant amounts each year is often to greater risk and a step to far for most lab managers to take. Lets hope that Quartzy defies the odds and sticks around.

Mekentosj – Great Software for Biological Science

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If you have a lot of PDFs on you computer and struggle to organize and locate them… then perhaps you need PAPERS.

I have been using this program since it was first released a few years ago.

And it has become one of the most important pieces of software for my research.  I no longer need to print out endless numbers of papers, more over I can easily find each paper,  tag them, make digital notes, and have everything searchable.  If you have used iTunes for your music then you’ll be right at home with papers. The interface is quite similar, you can make “playlists” and smart ones too that auto update.

You can search Pubmed and lots of other online database’s directly from papers and I find it much quicker and easier to use then the official websites.  It also downloads the PDF from within the program, along with all the author, journal, etc meta data.

It is missing a few things that would make it the ultimate piece of software, mainly the ability to insert citations and format bibliographies.  So you’ll still need endnote unfortunately.
But it does such a great job of organizing that its worth the small price.


4 outta 5 stars.


UPDATE:  Papers 1.9 & Paper for the iPhone/touch has just been released.iTunes Store Link



This is a small widget and now an iphone app, that makes making  solutions with the correct molarity a breeze.  The widget is free, but there is a small cost for the iphone app.

There are lots more apps including 4Peaks and RNAi which are free and you can get them all from http://mekentosj.com/

Thanks guys your doing a great job, keep up the great work !

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